An enchanting and uplifting tale of love, friendship and the wondrousness of women, for wonder girls of all ages
'Don't follow the crowd,' she'd be telling schoolgirls at the swimming baths. 'Follow your own star and when you have achieved your goal you will have that with you for the rest of your life...'
In 1928, a plucky young Welsh girl named Ida Gaze swims the Bristol Channel with the help of her best friend Freda and the inspiration of her heroine Amelia Earhart.
In 1937, on the instructions of the matron, a young skivvy at a grand maternity hospital in London smuggles out an orphaned baby on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Now, in a small town in Wales, an old lady named Ceci pieces together these
stories and is about to discover the surprising ways in which they link to her own. It begins with two girls in the twenties who left their small Welsh village for the Big Smoke, feeling that the world was changing and everything was possible…
'An imaginative tour de force, moving and well-written and the characters are superb' Daily Mail
After studying English Literature at universities in Wales and the USA, Catherine Jones worked as a journalist in print, TV and PR. She was born in England, has lived in many different countries, and now makes her home in Wales. She works in the sale room of an auction house and thinks mainly about writing, inspired by the fascinating letters, diaries and trinkets that her work brings her into contact with.
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